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  • From Rabbi Alissa Wise of Jewish Voice for Peace: “The latest reports show over 815 dead in Gaza. My Jewish-Israeli friends in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem say that a true fascist mob mentality is settling in to Israeli society, beyond what they’ve ever experienced. And in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, tens of thousands [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post OK Wise Guy, So, what would you do about Hamas? by Barry Lando.

    2014-07-25 06:41:43View | Delete

    Thank you Margo for clarifying this history. It makes perfect sense. Psychologically speaking, there are several choices for anyone who has been abused. 1) Find inner strength and learn compassion for others; 2) Identify with the abuser and find other people to abuse; 3) Hide from the world and self-destruct through drugs or other means. [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: The Arrest of Stephen Silva by jane24.

    2014-07-25 05:29:06View | Delete

    Thank you Jane for the heads-up on this latest development. Your question about when Silva was alleged to have possessed this weapon is pertinent. The indictment says nothing about him passing the gun along to anyone. In fact, if he had passed it to someone else, how would they know he had had it, and [...]

  • U.S. proteges Kiev and Israel have “a right to defend themselves” against evil “terrorists”. That’s the standard rhetoric. And of course, European lives are more valuable than Arab/Muslim lives. Explain it to a being from another planet? Good luck with that.

  • Islamophobic rhetoric about “jihad” is not helpful to this conversation. Here is a quote from an FDL thread by an Mnar Muhawesh, an American Muslim who spent her childhood in Israel. ” … the media framed the story as … as Muslim versus Jew, and the Palestinians were referred to as terrorists or militants in [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Ukraine, Negroponte & missiles — oh my! by Jane Stillwater.

    2014-07-24 07:28:27View | Delete

    If the CIA’s goal is to create havoc around the world in order to benefit U.S. interests … they’re not incompetent, they are in fact very competent at their job.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Ukraine, Negroponte & missiles — oh my! by Jane Stillwater.

    2014-07-24 07:25:47View | Delete

    Thank you for putting all this together, Jane. Poor Ukraine, indeed. I agree with @13 that the hard facts are not yet in, and that MH-17 may have been a mistake on the part of the rebels. But as you say — intentionally done by the Russians or the rebels? Totally ridiculous. And yet that’s [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post OK Wise Guy, So, what would you do about Hamas? by Barry Lando.

    2014-07-24 07:02:47View | Delete

    Are you suggesting that Israel needs the rocket attacks to continue in order to have a propaganda card to play? “Israel has to defend itself from those terribly dangerous rockets.” An excerpt from Global Research: “In the history of all rocket and mortar fire into Israel, 26 people, total, have been killed. This number is [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post OK Wise Guy, So, what would you do about Hamas? by Barry Lando.

    2014-07-24 06:58:53View | Delete

    I very much appreciate this post, and also MargoS’s scholarly comments and background. Yes, there is a conundrum. Both sides lose political points if they give in. Sadly, this all began because of what Margo says in @3, that traumatized Jews fleeing the Holocaust chose to be brutal conquerers rather than peaceful immigrants. Many American [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-22 14:24:07View | Delete

    The Frank article brings up the presumption of DT’s guilt again. Prosecutors say victims can do impact statements, because “if Aza and Dias had acted differently, they might have prevented the events in Watertown.” No mention of the fact that they knew DT liked to play with fireworks, and fireworks had nothing to do with [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-22 14:18:17View | Delete

    The most persuasive argument for a change of venue is certainly the info from leftcoast: “jury feels pressure from the community to find Tazhayakov guilty.” At the same time, I question the defense counsel for not even putting on a defense. I certainly hope that doesn’t happen when it’s Miriam Conrad’s turn to do her [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-22 14:13:24View | Delete

    That’s what I thought too about RR, but I agree the judge’s comments seem way overblown and unnecessary.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-22 04:49:12View | Delete

    “What exactly did he obstruct in the FBI investigation. What did they gain from finding the back pack. Nothing.” Yes. Fireworks did NOT make the pressure bombs. “The jury was absolutely shocked that Aza’s lawyer did not put on their own defense.” We don’t know firsthand WHY they took the backpack, what they were thinking, whether or [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-22 04:38:22View | Delete

    The article I read said no sentencing till October. Why??

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-22 04:36:28View | Delete

    and jane @24, Yes I felt that same way, that the judge was way over the top with the war-movie schmaltz. “America has been through the fire, etc.” Ridiculous. On the other hand, unless I am mistaken, Reid declared himself to be a soldier of Islam, and the judge was responding to that. One person’s [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-22 04:32:53View | Delete

    Yes, I will look into this more. I think what breaks my heart (in addition to Aza’s conviction) is that littls “snapshot” of Dzhokhar being pleased at hearing this news. We worry about him dealing with solitary, but the hints we have gotten over the months suggest that he may have found an inner strength [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-21 12:08:00View | Delete

    This is where people who support DT can do a kind deed for someone and make it known that it is in DT’s name. When DT was told about this, (maybe by his sisters) he had a big smile on his face.

    Break another little piece of my heart …

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-21 12:06:06View | Delete

    The jury deliberated carefully and split the decision on the laptop and the backpack. Does that mean they believe that fireworks made the bombs? But not convinced anything incriminating was on the laptop? Or does it just mean they felt they had to strictly follow the law? Some of us have noted the irony, that [...]

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Initial Status Conference: Khairullozhon Matanov: by jane24.

    2014-07-21 11:58:01View | Delete

    Good point about the shoe bomber. We “assumed” he confessed, but I don’t really know the background.

  • lauraw commented on the diary post Claims that MH-17 was hit by a ground-to-air missile are premature by woodybox.

    2014-07-21 06:33:23View | Delete

    Good questions being asked, wb. As with the murder of the Israeli teens, I hesitate to see false flags everywhere, it makes me feel like some sort of paranoid conspiracy nut (LOL). And yet … I read the Pepe Escobar post referenced by YellowSnapdragon, and they brought up a point I hadn’t thought of … [...]

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